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Old 7th August 2012, 00:13
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Joined the Queen in Naples and a crowd of us met up at Heathrow, I think, I can't remember if the West London Air Terminal was still going at that time 1970. Some guys from Head office and a few crew members. I was the senior of ship's party. Once we were in Naples we were taken to a hotel for the night only thing was the HO guys were taken to a very smart joint in the city centre and the rest of us landed in a hotel in a back street beside the docks. By the way a very scary taxi ride.
Once we arrived at the hotel's reception they were going to put us two to a room. They were told in no uncertain terms what they could do with that idea. I was slightly p***ed off at the difference in treatment we were getting to the HO guys. However having worked the other side of things where I just informed the secretary of my travel requirements and it was arranged for me I can't blame them.
Hotels and what you could get away with charging seem to vary greatly from port to port. In Singapore a Junior and I were physically restrained from leaving until we had Paid our drinks bill. The only place I can remember having this problem, it was the Oberoi Imperial by the way. I wrote a cheque for money I didn't have in my account at that time, I was always flat broke at the end of a leave. I got a nasty letter from my bank some time later about writing cheques in non-sterling places.
I remember Keith Head from HO but can't remember his successor.
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Old 6th November 2012, 13:48
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Ah Satannic House! 8th floor, been there a few times, and in the early days used to have to muster in the foyer prior to flying out somewhere or other. Happy Days.
I remenber a lot of concern, about BPTC employees there after the Moorgate Disaster. No BP employee was hurt as I recall.

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Old 7th November 2012, 22:01
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THe tower Block some 49 stores high? QUOTE]

I think Big Panic House was only 33 stories high. I seem to remember that the lifts were very rapid and were mentioned in the Guiness Book of Records many years ago.
I was told by a BP Super that his cronies would travel up and down in the lifts at lunchtime to "admire" the "attributes" of the well endowed female office staff as the lifts stopped suddenly at each floor.
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Old 7th November 2012, 22:05
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I agree, but not of course my choice, and I did do my damnedest to keep my head below the parapet as much as I could, but after I started with them BP would occasionally foist publicity on me and some of the other female cadets. I knew the boys, rightly, resented it but there seemed to be nothing to be done at the time.
I recall that there was a female Deck Cadet on the British Robin in 1974/5. I think her name was Gail Hardy (both really good names for someone aspiring to be a ship's captain). She came in for her fair share of leg pulling but no more than any other first tripper
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Old 20th December 2012, 23:52
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Britannic House, etc

Missed this thread! Looking at google street view, ex Britannic House doesn't seem to look quite as I remember - thoughts? Has something been added. I never thought to take pictures of it!
I remember doing a 2 week cargo ops course there! Thought it was great fun being in H.O. How naive!
Pam Muller looked after deck cadets for a while. She was quite charming - dealing with my mother's questions on a number of occasions.
Didn't BP waste a lot of money shippping us around the way they did! Not that I am complaining. Once, paying off at RAK, had a night in the Ambassador. Had a splendid room - was only a D/C - was very upset to find the steward paying off with me had a suite!
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Didn't BP waste a lot of money shippping us around the way they did! Not that I am complaining.
I should think not!!!! BP might have had many failings but looking after us in transit was generally not one of them. I stayed in some great hotels over the years. One I recall vividly was in Genoa, I think perhaps waiting for the Aviator. We waited 3 or 4 days due to bad weather and basically ate ourselves to a standstill, ordering all the most expensive steaks and seafood. By the time the ship arrived I could barely look at food I had stuffed myself so much in the past few days.
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The RAK & the Sharjah Hilton seemed to be common place for me up the Gulf - though I did once find myself in the Sharjah Carlton instead!
Many a happy time spent with the croupiers in the RAK casino as they practiced their card tricks & dealings with us whilst we played for peanuts (literally!)
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Old 23rd December 2012, 15:35
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1975 osaka royal what a royal place,the british avon arrived a week late so instead of extra leave we had a ball,in those days nobody ate ethnic food so it was steak and chips 3 times (at 24 quid a pop ) a day plus room service .we ate and drank the week away on bp.glen cambell came over to sit with us as we were the only english speakers.about 2 years later i received an invoice from bp for about a quid remember it stated i had a beer in my room never mind a beer, i along with the rest drank cases. twenty of us in the royal for a week would have hurt bp accounts dept.
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Bit of info on the old Britannic House here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CityPoint
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Old 13th January 2019, 17:12
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Bit of info on the old Britannic House here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CityPoint
Spent a month there in 1967 sitting on a windowsill working out my months notice. Good view from the top floor.
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Old 15th January 2019, 16:50
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Never "gathered" in BH, but did stay at a boys marine school (not the mission), when I was interviewed. One other visit when I went to 4th E, not sure why I was invited there, 10 min meeting and a pat on the back, no lunch then off to the Br. Curlew at Dunkirk...
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Old 15th January 2019, 22:29
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Went to BigPanic House before flying to the Gulf on my first trip. Taken to Heathrow along with several others in a couple of limos. After that, every other trip was a struggle on the tube with suitcases!
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Old 16th January 2019, 23:36
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Went there on a few occasions in my time with BP. The first was my second interview in 1968 with Don Bootle, my first had been in Bristol with David Heaslip, and then Dan Alcock who grunted and said "You'll do" or something similar.
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Old 18th January 2019, 19:56
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I had my interview in the office in Finsbury Circus in early summer 1966.
I remember being interviewed in a small room which had a cistern high up on the wall. The walls were eau-de-nil coloured.
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Old 20th January 2019, 13:56
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I had my interview in the office in Finsbury Circus in early summer 1966.
I remember being interviewed in a small room which had a cistern high up on the wall. The walls were eau-de-nil coloured.
The old, old Britannic House or River Plate House?
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Old 21st January 2019, 20:50
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The old, old Britannic House or River Plate House?
Not sure which one, but River Plate House sounds familiar. but it could have been old, old Panic House.
Anyway I got the job ! They must have been desperate !
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Old 21st January 2019, 21:16
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Not sure which one, but River Plate House sounds familiar. but it could have been old, old Panic House.
Anyway I got the job ! They must have been desperate !
Just been into the loft (banged my head on the rafters and scalped myself)) and found the letter dated August 1966 telling me I had passed the interview. The letter heading was Britannic House, Finsbury Circus. (Phone Number National 1200)
I remember now they told me not to go to River Plate House by mistake.
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Old 30th January 2019, 17:41
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Spent several weeks in Britannic house going through electrical drawings for the Iolair prior to standing by her at the builders, Lithgows on the Clyde.
One or our kind had a slight accident leaving the building one night after having a few drinks in the bar. He decided to walk through the glass side panel adjacent to one of the revolving doors, luckily he was unharmed, but the following day received an almighty bollocking from our boss for his indiscretion.
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Old 2nd May 2019, 23:59
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I’m not too sure about the ‘looking after you’ in transit. When we flew home after the Ambassador fiasco, half the crew were flown home BA cattle class, and the remainder flew Aeroflot! One wag told me later that the flight was worse than the incident.
Even more annoying was the obvious disinterest of the guy who met us at Heathrow.
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Old 16th August 2019, 17:23
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I remember going down to 'Panic house' for my first interview. They put me up in the seamans mission. I was a wet ahind the ears 16 year old school boy. Now that was an eye opener, Can anyone remember the name of the street the mission was on? I know it was a short bus ride from BH.

The interview process took all day including a 3 hour medical.
Anchor House, Canning town!
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Old 8th November 2019, 15:48
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Anchor House, Barking Road, Kev
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